Balloon Carelessness

April 23, 2010

Kevin Jeffrey
Dep Commissioner
NYC Parks & Recreation

NYC Parks Balloon Ban

Dear Sir:

Please consider discouraging and even prohibiting the use of balloons for all organizations that will be issued permits for activities in NYC Parks this spring/summer.

Lighter than air/gas filled/latex and or Mylar balloons are a proven and documented hazard to the environment not to mention the unsightliness and waste of resources to clean them off trees, water bodies etc.

In keeping with NYC Parks and Recreation's 'Green' consciousness, do acknowledge that balloons are unnecessary items for events large and small. Knowing the downside of these seemingly innocent items I believe it is a reasonable sacrifice for a responsible person to make to leave them out of organized events and picnics etc.

Please ask the resident concessions like the various restaurants, skating rinks, carousel etc to stop using/selling these hazardous items and please enter a note in all permits for events in the parks that balloons will no longer be allowed.

Please also ask park patrons to refrain from bringing in balloons to the park especially at concerts and other large events. Do try to mention it at any press conferences to get the word out and make people aware of the hazards and nuisance associated with them.

Lincoln Karim

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